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Cast This: Clarice Starling

07.29.2016

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Clarice Starling is a fictional character that appears in the novels The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal by Thomas Harris. She probably best known from the film adaptation of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, where she was played by Jodie Foster (who received an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance), while in the film adaptation of HANNIBAL, she was played by Julianne Moore.

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Clarice Starling was ranked the sixth greatest protagonist in film history on AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains, making her the highest-ranking heroine and for good reason. Starling is easily one of my favorite movie characters (I’m just talking SOTL), and it’s all due to Foster’s commanding performance as the smart and resourceful FBI agent. It should go down in history as one of the best performances by any actor and one of the more complicated characters to hit the big screen. That’s why moving on (as Hollywood tends to do) with a remake/reboot is inevitable; but who would take the badge and do it justice?

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My top three choices for this edition of Cast This include Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. She not only looks like the part as described in the Harris novels, but she’s done a fine job at playing a detective on the series Top of the Lake. Then there is Kelly Macdonald from Boardwalk Empire; she has been a rising star ever since and holds that mystique quality quite well. Picturing her in FBI mode doesn’t seem like a far off dream. Now, a relative unknown with the talent of Nicole Beharie, from Sleepy Hollow makes my final casting option to play Clarice. You may recognize her from the 2011 movie SHAME or the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. She would obviously bring something different to the role but also I believe would knock it out of the park as our favorite cannibal catching detective. 

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What about you guys? Do you have any other suggestions for the role?  I’ve heard Anna Torv (Fringe) and Anna Friel’s (LIMITLESS) names be tossed around for this role. Ellen Page was a favorite at one point for the TV show Hannibal.

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Let’s hear what you got!

RESULTS BELOW FROM CAST THIS: Squirrel Girl - 1. Anna Kendrick 2. Ellie Kempler 3. Mae Whitman

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Extra Tidbit: After Jodie Foster first read the Thomas Harris novel, she tried to buy the rights herself, only to find Gene Hackman had beaten her to it.
Source: JoBlo.com

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9:24PM on 07/31/2016
Natalie Dormer.

I think she's got a very watchable quality, and I could really imagine her doing the notorious scene where she visits Lecter in prison.
Natalie Dormer.

I think she's got a very watchable quality, and I could really imagine her doing the notorious scene where she visits Lecter in prison.
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7:07PM on 07/31/2016

How about no-one?

Stop with the goddamn reboot/remakes of movies that are already near-perfect. If the studios had any pride and want to make extra money from what's already been made, then just re-release it and stand behind that product. Fucking tired of it, amazes me that these fucktards (Hollywood execs) are still allowed to make decisions after Robocop, Total Recall and now Ghostbusters. And NOBODY could play Jame Gumb like Ted Levine did...it was perfect.
Stop with the goddamn reboot/remakes of movies that are already near-perfect. If the studios had any pride and want to make extra money from what's already been made, then just re-release it and stand behind that product. Fucking tired of it, amazes me that these fucktards (Hollywood execs) are still allowed to make decisions after Robocop, Total Recall and now Ghostbusters. And NOBODY could play Jame Gumb like Ted Levine did...it was perfect.
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8:28AM on 07/31/2016
In 5 years Saorsie Ronan would be perfect for the role.
In 5 years Saorsie Ronan would be perfect for the role.
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5:06AM on 07/30/2016

Jessica Chastain

I'm with a lot of the others here apparently. The very first name that popped in my head was Jessica Chastain. And while trying to think of others, I can't shake her. She just seems perfect for this.
I'm with a lot of the others here apparently. The very first name that popped in my head was Jessica Chastain. And while trying to think of others, I can't shake her. She just seems perfect for this.
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4:59PM on 07/29/2016
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4:52PM on 07/29/2016
Jessica Chastain or one of the Mara sisters.
Jessica Chastain or one of the Mara sisters.
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4:34PM on 07/29/2016

Michelle Obama

No joke, I would love to see her act in something and she would make an awesome Clarice.
No joke, I would love to see her act in something and she would make an awesome Clarice.
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3:31PM on 07/29/2016

Jessica Chastain

The first name that came to my mind for a rebooted Clarice. Glad to see couple of others below thought as well.
The first name that came to my mind for a rebooted Clarice. Glad to see couple of others below thought as well.
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4:34PM on 07/29/2016
What an over ratted tool. She is just too boring and 2D.
What an over ratted tool. She is just too boring and 2D.
2:47PM on 07/29/2016

Hopefully

someone who can act this time. #Fosteroverrated
someone who can act this time. #Fosteroverrated
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1:12PM on 07/29/2016
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
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12:40PM on 07/29/2016
Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany
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11:45AM on 07/29/2016
I'd go with Jessica Chastain.
I'd go with Jessica Chastain.
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12:38PM on 07/29/2016
That's who I thought of right away. She would be great in this role.
That's who I thought of right away. She would be great in this role.
1:21PM on 07/29/2016
Yeah, definitely. Thanks, man.
Yeah, definitely. Thanks, man.
11:39AM on 07/29/2016
I also think Moss would be good. By the time they green-light this she may be too old. If Hannibal had lasted, definitely.
I also think Moss would be good. By the time they green-light this she may be too old. If Hannibal had lasted, definitely.
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11:26AM on 07/29/2016
Moss is a really great suggestion. I was also think Tatiana Maslany or Brit Marling. Or for a real dark horse pick, Tina Majorino.
Moss is a really great suggestion. I was also think Tatiana Maslany or Brit Marling. Or for a real dark horse pick, Tina Majorino.
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